Victor Wembanyama (Boulogne-Levallois): “A collective turned towards me”

“You are concerned in the pre-selection for the Euro (finally forfeited through injury). did you follow
Blues ?
Diligently, like everyone else. It was hard to watch because sometimes this team put us in all our states… It was very emotional, with several miracles, and a little frustrating, because, sometimes, you tell yourself that you could have made your contribution to the building. But it’s a team I trust. I am convinced that, in the future, there will be great adventures and great medals with her.

What was the importance of the presence of Vincent Collet in your choice to leave Asvel for Boulogne-Levallois?
It was obviously very important. I had the opportunity to rub shoulders with him on various occasions, notably at the France pole. Everyone knows that he is the greatest French coach, I have 100% confidence in him at the basketball and tactical level. He is also someone ambitious, and who respects my project. In other words, he’s the perfect person for my last year before the draft.

“I want to enjoy my last year in France. I know for the next 15-20 years I won’t be living here anymore”

How do you see this goal?
What will matter this season, more than gaining 15 kg (of muscles), it is to strengthen myself on all levels, to progress technically and to bring me to a serene and favorable situation for the NBA. I eagerly await the draft. First or not, I have no doubts about the professionalism of the franchisees to take care of my future. But there is also an element of pride. I tell myself that there must be no one in front of me. I have in mind my goals and what I hope to accomplish in the future. I can’t wait, but at the same time I want to enjoy my last year in France. I know that for the next 15-20 years, I won’t be living here anymore.

You scored 34 points twice in preseason. What are you expecting from this season?
After a trip to the United States for my rehabilitation and individual training, I feel like I came back better. This resulted in these two performances. Even if they were friendly, I felt comfortable in this team and this collective. I almost never played in my age group. In less than 15 years, I evolved with the less than 18 years. In less than 16 years with the Espoirs. I have rarely had the opportunity to have a collective turned towards me. It’s one of the things I came here looking for. Everything is in place, over a reduced period of ten months, for my development. It’s already my third year pro. It is time. »


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